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DPW Observes Columbus Day, Monday, October 13, 2014

Thursday, October 9, 2014
Sanitation and parking enforcement services will be suspended until Tuesday, October 14, 2014.

Contact: Linda Grant (202) 671-2375

(Washington, DC) The Department of Public Works (DPW) announced today how services will be affected Monday, October 13, when the District observes Columbus Day. Trash and recycling collections and street and alley cleaning will be suspended.  Parking enforcement also will be suspended. Services will resume Tuesday, October 14.

Trash/recycling collections:  In once-a-week collection neighborhoods, Monday trash and recycling collections will “slide” to Tuesday. Tuesday collections will slide to Wednesday and so on through Saturday when Friday collections will be made. Where DPW collects trash twice-a-week, Monday and Thursday collections will be made Tuesday and Friday while Tuesday and Friday trash collections will be made Wednesday and Saturday. Recycling collections, which are made once-a-week citywide, will slide to the next day through Saturday.  DC regulations allow cans to be in the public space between 6:30 pm the day before trash/recycling collection and 8 pm of the collection day.

Parking Enforcement:  DPW will suspend enforcement of expired meters, residential parking and rush hour lane restrictions.  Also, booting, towing and abandoned vehicle removal will be suspended and the Blue Plains Impoundment Lot will be closed.  Citywide parking enforcement resumes Tuesday, October 14.

Ft. Totten:  The Ft. Totten Transfer Station, located at 4900 John F. McCormack Drive, NE, will be closed Columbus Day and will reopen Tuesday, October 14, 1 pm to 5 pm to DC residents. Trailers will not be allowed to dump at Ft. Totten. DPW will conduct its weekly household hazardous waste/e-cycling drop-off Saturday, October 11. For more details about HHW/e-cycling/document shredding go to

Directions to Ft. Totten:  Travel east on Irving Street, NW, turn left on Michigan Avenue, turn left on John F. McCormack Drive, NE and continue to the end of the street. For directions from additional locations, please go to